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The Royal Navy's New Generation Type 45 Destroyer - Aquisition Options and Implications

The Royal Navy's New Generation Type 45 Destroyer - Aquisition Options and Implications

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Prepared for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of DefenceApproved for public release; distribution unlimited
Acquisition Options andImplications
JohnBirkler, JohnF.Schank, MarkV.Arena, GilesSmith, GordonLee
The research described in this report was prepared for the UnitedKingdoms Ministry of Defence.RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy anddecisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND
is aregistered trademark.RAND’s publications do not necessarily reflectthe opinions or policies of its research sponsors.
© Copyright 2002 RAND
 All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form by any electronic or mechanical means (including photocopying, recording, or information storage and retrieval) without permission in writing from RAND.ISBN: 0-8330-3203-8Published 2002 by RAND1700 Main Street, P.O. Box 2138, Santa Monica, CA 90407-21381200 South Hayes Street, Arlington, VA 22202-5050201 North Craig Street, Suite 202, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-1516RAND URL: http://www.rand.org/To order RAND documents or to obtain additional information,contact Distribution Services: Telephone: (310) 451-7002;Fax: (310) 451-6915; Email: order@rand.org 
Cover design by Maritta TapanainenThe cover art and Figures 1.1,1.2,4.4,and 5.1 are from the United Kingdom’s  Ministry of Defence and are reprinted by permission.The photos in Appendix C are by Tom Lamb.Figure C.4 is from Carlos Merino (IZAR Ferrol Shipyard),“F-100 and F-319:New Frigates for Europe,paper presented at RINAConference WARSHIP 2001—Future Surface Warships,London,2001.
In April 2001, the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MOD)commissioned RAND to investigate procurement strategies that theMOD could pursue as it acquires warships over the next 15 to 20 years. The research was intended both to inform MOD decisionsabout its next-generation destroyer, the Type 45, and to help theMinistry pursue its long-term warship acquisition programme. Incommissioning the research, the MOD asked RAND to evaluate near-term and long-term strategies that would yield the highest value formoney, encourage innovation, allow for the efficient use of produc-tion capacity, and sustain the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) core warshipindustrial base.This book summarises RAND’s analysis of acquisition options opento the MOD during production of the Type 45 Destroyer. This de-stroyer, to be delivered from 2007, will become a main component inthe Royal Navy’s surface fleet, taking on roles as diverse as protecting the fleet in littoral settings, participating in hostile engagements onthe open ocean, and conducting diplomatic and crisis-interventionmissions. The Type 45 also will constitute a large proportion of new-ship acquisitions that the MOD has planned for the next twodecades. As such, the acquisition and production techniques thatthe MOD adopts for the Type 45 will be a bellwether for later acqui-sitions.RAND quantitatively and qualitatively evaluated the effect on theUnited Kingdom’s shipbuilding labour force and infrastructure of various options to acquire and build the Type 45. For their evalua-tions, RAND staff relied on data relating to the future demand for

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